The missing doctrine in Christendom is in the Bible but very rarely taught. I’m going to explain this doctrine to you today and I know it will absolutely thrill your heart like nothing else.
Christians are taught that when they die the go to where? Heaven or hell. Contrary to popular thought, heaven is not contrasted against hell in the Bible. Heaven is contrasted against the earth. “Heaven and earth” is the contrast.
Ephesians 3:14,15 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bindon earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Do you get the picture? Heaven is contrasted against the earth, not hell. Now try to find a verse that contrasts heaven against hell… I’m waiting… I’m waiting… Let me know if you do find one in the comments below this article, but even if there is one, the predominant thought is heaven vs. the earth.
Now here’s an interesting verse from I Kings:
I Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
This seems to indicate that God cannot dwell on earth because it’s too small. But let’s see…
Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:9-27 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.
The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.
The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadiac in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.f
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
That, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is our ultimate destiny and destination. The untold doctrine is that God wants to come down to earth to dwell in and with His people, not that God wants to take us up to heaven to be with Him there. That’s quite a different doctrine than most of us have been taught.
So what does this mean?
It means that God will be right in and with us on the new heaven and earth. The new heaven and earth will come after the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth, commonly called “the Millennium,” and after the Great White Throne Judgement.
No longer do you have to wonder about going to heaven, floating on clouds, playing harps and smoking 50 cent cigars, singing praised with nothing else to do but be in constant “bliss.” Such nonsense is the result of people not learning and teaching the accurate Word of God. How far we are from the truth in most Christian ‘circles’ today. I call them ‘circles’ because all they do is run around in circles repeating the same age-old, wrong doctrines that they’ve taught since the beginning.
My heart goes out to those who want to separate truth from error, who seek the truth who is Christ more than anything else including association with any denomination, leader or institution here on earth. All these earthly things shall pass away, but the Word of God lives and abides forever.
I Peter 1:22-25 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
And this is the word that was preached to you.
God puts such an emphasis on ‘truth’ in the Word that it’s hard to understand why people refuse to believe it as it is written. Let us not be like those who cling to nonsensical doctrines of men but rather let us embrace the truth which endures forever.
God will dwell in and among His people on the new heaven and earth and nothing is going to stop that from happening.
Rejoice you who are His! Thank Jesus for what he has secured for us by his sacrifice and resurrection!
Maranatha, Lord Jesus!